When I visited them last month, only one hive was dead. I put sugar candy on the live hive, with hopes that they would make it through the winter.
This was the sight when I arrived to check the hive today:
You can see the bees had eaten the center of the bee candy, and there was plenty left. But the clue to the bees demise is all the brown spots you see - that's a sign of Nosema.
So the Sutton hives are no more. I need to contact the owner to see what he wants to do - if he wants bees next year, we'll have to get a package or two of bees.
So the current count is:
- Sutton Hive 1 - dead (Nosema)
- Sutton Hive 2 - dead (starvation)
- Green Hive - dead (starvation)
- Pink Hive - living
- Brown Hive - living